John Ivy

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Distinguished Faculty Member


Dr. John Ivy is the Teresa Lozano Long Endowed Chair Emeritus at the University of Texas at Austin. He received his Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology from the University of Maryland, and trained in physiology and metabolism at Washington University School of Medicine as an NIH Post-Doctoral Fellow. He served on the faculty at the University of Texas for 31 years and as Chair of the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education for 13 years. During his years as chairman, his mentoring of faculty and personal demonstration of research excellence, helped the department rise in national rankings based on scholarly productivity and research funding to become one of the top Kinesiology and Health Education departments in the United States.

Dr. Ivy is the author of more than180 scientific papers, numerous book chapters, and four books on sports nutrition including the landmark Nutrient Timing, now published in four languages. His research has pioneered our understanding of muscle metabolism and how nutritional supplementation can improve exercise performance, recovery and training adaptation. His research has also focused on the effects of exercise and nutrition on muscle glucose transport and insulin resistance, and how appropriate levels of physical activity and diet can prevent Type 2 diabetes and other metabolic diseases. Funding for his research has come from The National Institutes of Health, American Diabetes Association, Texas Heart Association, and private industry.

Dr. Ivy has also consulted with numerous food and supplement companies on product development and the science of sports nutrition and was directly involved in the creation of the PureSport protein/recovery drinks, and the high protein cereal, Wheaties Fuel. Dr. Ivy is a Fellow in the National Academy of Kinesiology and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). He has also received ACSM’s prestigious Citation Award for his lifetime of achievement in the field of exercise physiology.